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We remember: Mary Denise Ruppe, M.D.

Shriners Hospitals for Children honors her legacy

We remember: Mary Denise Ruppe, M.D.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston would like to honor Mary Ruppe, M.D., who in the past 12 years, led the metabolic and rickets clinic. Dr. Ruppe consistently expressed a loving and caring nature to the children and families visiting our hospital, and the gesture was reciprocated many times over. The positive impact that Dr. Ruppee had on the families she cared for, fellow staff members, and the quality of care provided at the hospital, will not be forgotten.

Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, Ruppee was the valedictorian of her high school. She graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and after completing her residency at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she followed with a fellowship in endocrinology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Ruppe was a specialist in treating children and adults with genetic bone diseases, authoring many articles and chapters on the matter. She was a member of the Endocrine Society and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research. Dr. Ruppe was a passionate advocate for female trainees who wanted to pursue careers in the health profession and served as the secretary treasurer of Women in Endocrinology.

Aside from her work in endocrinology, Dr. Ruppe was a competitive swimmer who competed in various championships. As a long distance open swimmer, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Committee National Open Water team and placed second in a race from Switzerland to France.

Mary Denise Ruppe passed away at age 48 from complications of metastatic colorectal cancer. She was a true asset to our program and our patients, families and staff will truly miss her. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston will always keep Dr. Ruppe in our thoughts and prayers.